Sunday, September 30, 2018

You Know It's Autumn When...

Pumpkin Spice is suddenly everywhere. And I mean that literally… beverages, cookies, bread, cakes, yarn, etc. I love fall/autumn season but not pumpkin spice anything. Love the burst of reds and oranges and yellows and definitely the cooler weather. This season also makes me want to bake all the freaking time but I have no one to give it to and the husband and I can't eat dessert daily or it makes keeping our weight, blood sugar, cholesterol and blood pressure at a normal and reasonable level quite a challenge. So, I usually had to give my husband a maximum of 2 slices of cake and 1 slice for me then pitch the rest of them. There has to be a better way to do this and my new Cast Aluminum Bundt Cake Pan from Nordic Ware is not helping to curb the baking frenzy. Good thing we're done watching this season of The Great British Baking Show as that show is the biggest baking enabler for me. 

I was in the middle of designing a rectangular poncho for my mom but when that was all done, it honestly did not look right all over so I frogged that. 2 weeks of crochet was undone in a matter of 30 minutes and the yarn wound back into cakes. Sigh… Then I tried again with the same Rack stitch pattern but this time I'm going for a circular shawl but the stitch pattern and the math is not working out and as you all know, Math and I don't like each other. We're like water and oil with Math being oil. So I frogged again and since my mom has seen the All Shawl by Doris Chan and liked it, I've decided to just make one for her to match mine and I'll just add buttons to it to secure them in place and it'll be just like a poncho only a bit more easier to put on and take off as needed. And I think I'll add buttons to my All Shawl as well so I won't have to fiddle with delicate shawl pins.

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Crochet Carnation Pattern Tutorial 77 by - yarn I'm using is Aunt Lydia's Classic 10 Crochet Thread, Orchid Pink and Natural colorways, 100% Mercerized Cotton, lace weight; using a Clover Soft Touch hook size 1.75mm

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Thursday, September 27, 2018

[Book Review] The Lyons Legacy by Charlie King

My Rating: 4 of 5 stars
Kindle Edition, 382 pages
Genre: Fiction

Disclaimer: I received this galley from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Part 1: From The Book Cover

Ten years on from the events that took place inside The Lyons Orphanage, Sam is still no closer to finding his parents. 

Sam takes a job at the Crown Prosecution Service to find clues about the identity of his parents by investigating the case against Howard Lyons, who was sectioned as a result of his actions. 

Nicholas Lyons, stricken with illness, pleads with Sam to visit his brother and have him transferred to a prison for his crimes, to save Howard from the indignity of life in a psychiatric hospital. 

This sets Sam on a path to learn all he can about the case but clean-cut Sam knows he’ll have to break a few rules to get to the bottom of it. 

Part 2: Recommendation

Like the first book, The Lyons Legacy has that same slow, meandering feel to the narrative for about 75% of the book but then it speeds up quite nicely in the last 25% of the book. With this being the 2nd work that I've been exposed to the author, Charlie King, I'm assuming this is just his style of writing. And just like the first book, this book is also written in the POV of Sam Watkins, the orphan who is now a working adult, living in his own flat and still in contact primarily with Natalie, and the twins, Natasha and Gareth.

Majority of this book shows the struggle Sam goes through in finding the identity of his parents and the ways he goes about finding the information which made me think, "Don't do it, Sam. You know better than that," or "What is wrong with you, Sam? Why are you even considering this?" This book made me shake my Kobo eReader several times as if that would help shake Sam right back to his senses, right? 

Having Natasha and Gareth back in the second book was a really nice touch as I liked them both. As for Nicholas and Judge Quinn, I don't really know what to think. I feel like they were put there in order to bring Howard back into the picture that would make enough sense to the readers. After all, it wouldn't be that much more interesting without Howard in the book. As for Liv, apparently, another mind reader, I guess having a 4th  mind reader in the book evens things out and to have her as Sam's date/girlfriend makes it look and feel like Sam is finally moving on with his life, which it did nicely.

As for Howard, he's just as mean and I think scarier in this book. I can't say anymore about him otherwise, I would be giving the entire book away. I did love seeing how Sam realized a lot of things throughout the book, as it showed how his character developed further now that he's an adult. 

I have mixed feelings about the ending because I liked how it neatly closes the entire Lyons/Watkins storyline but at the same time, I'm a bit disappointed because the ending left me hanging. The way the author ended this book makes me wonder if there's a 3rd book in the Lyons series?

The formatting of this book is much better than the first for sure and the cover had a similar theme of the Lion's head door knocker to let readers know that it's part of a series, which is fine but I think it needs improvement. 

Overall, if you're looking for a slow, relaxed pace read, this just might be for you or if you happen to enjoy the first book and would like to know what happened to Sam, Natalie and the twins after leaving the orphanage, you'll want to read this book too.